Monday June 11th, 2001
Jaguar Racing boss Bobby Rahal is disappointed to see his friend Adrian Newey being dragged into a legal battle after confusion over a planned move to Jaguar for McLaren's ace designer.
However, he said that the move was unavoidable after Newey assured him that he was able to sign the agreement with Jaguar, which has been acknowledged by the Queen's Counsel as a legally binding contract, before changing his mind and agreeing to stay at McLaren.
"I am not bitter," said Rahal. "We have a legally binding agreement and that was ignored. Unfortunately it has gone to the courts and I am the last person in the world who wants to see that happen. But I have to defend out rights and defend the company.
"I don't believe Queen's Counsel declares things legal or illegal haphazardly, I think they look very carefully at whether there is a legally binding commitment and ultimately that is what is on trial.
"The injunction is no more than the court has recognised that there is an issue here. They will argue that what we have isn't legally binding although Queen's Counsel have declared it so, and of course we will argue that there was awareness on McLaren's part.
"Even if the case is over that is not really the end of it by any means and frankly however if they rule in our favour then it is a pretty terminal situation for them."